McIlroy, clearly lacking a competitive edge after a second injury this season, stumbled his way to horror scores of 78 and 71 for a five-over tally that saw him end his round yesterday morning here sharing 115th place.
Cameron Champ watches his shot on the eighth hole during the second round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at Erin Hills. Reavie birdied five of his first seven holes, and eight in all Friday, to surge back into contention.
At five over par, McIlroy was four shots outside the projected cut mark, while Scotland's Richie Ramsay was one shot outside after shooting a second consecutive 73.
Big names staring down an early exit are former US Open winners Jordan Spieth (one-over, 2.20pm tee time), Dustin Johnson (three-over, 2.20pm tee time) and Rory McIlroy (five-over after a 71).
"I definitely hit it better off the tee and gave myself a lot more looks at birdie but at the end of the day I need competitive rounds with a card in my hand and I've been light on those this year".
A commercial blimp crashed to the ground and caught fire just outside the course Thursday, about the time the county health department was analyzing samples that confirmed evidence of the E. coli bacteria in water at a hydration station near the 12th hole. However, after dropping another shot on the 15th, Casey regained his composure superbly to birdie the 17th and 18th, the latter being the second longest hole in major history at 676 yards. With about two hours left in the second round, the cut was looking to be 1-over par, which would tie a U.S. Open record.
And then Friday, a 94-year-old man at the tournament for the first time stopped breathing while in a grandstand on the sixth hole and died of what Washington County officials said appeared to be natural causes.
"It feels good", he said.
Reavie is playing in his fifth Open, but first since 2012 at The Olympic Club in San Francisco.
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The 29-year-old Willett has had recurring back issues during his career. Those dozens of players under par. The Englishman has roared back to life with four straight birdies and is back to being one shot off the lead.
Harman has a lot of spunk, though, and that victory got him high enough into the world ranking to secure a spot in the U.S. Open.
Leishman is now sharing eighth place, only three shots back of co-leaders Rickie Fowler and England's Paul Casey at seven-under.
Bill Haas also is off to a nice start, with three birdies and no bogeys through his first eight holes.
Paul Casey is the latest example of how little it takes to record a big number in the U.S. Open.
But he missed a pair of 10-foot birdie chances in that stretch, and one of the birdies he made was a two-putt from 20 feet on the par-5 seventh. He made sure the third chip went well past the flag, but triple-bogey 7 was the best he could do. He made an 8, and followed that with a tee shot into the rough to make a bogey. The U.S. Open would be quite a title to claim for any of them.
And once again, Rory McIlroy stepped up and more or less told his colleagues to shut up and put their big-boy trousers on.
Rickie Fowler opened with a 7-under 65. As of Friday afternoon, no illnesses have been reported. The cut for the top 60 and ties was at 1-over 145, tying a U.S. Open record set in 1990 at Medinah.